Everything You Need to Know About This Week’s Global Food Supply News

Photo: flickr/Bruno Girin

Photo: flickr/Bruno Girin

This past week, several developments involving food supplies in different countries reinforced just how varied—and sometimes extreme—circumstances are these days. And that applies to our own backyard as well: About 47.6 million Americans lean on a monthly average of $134.55 in SNAP benefits, while 40% of our food end up in landfills.

Here are some other notable food-supply stories from the past week:

  • The Egyptian government is encouraging its citizens to cut down on their food intake by not overeating, as a way to deal with the price inflation and food shortages. (The Washington Post)
  • China’s Communist Party chief Xi Jiping has called for a nationwide stance against food waste. (The Atlantic)
  • A man was trampled among the fray of dozens of people rushing toward a fruit and vegetable giveaway. Farmers gave away 55 tons of produce in Athens, Greece as a show of protest. (RT)
  • Venezuelans are trying to make do without pantry staples like cooking oil, sugar, and maize flour amidst a food shortage. (The Economist
  • The World Food Program is seeking $57 million to help provide 1.6 million Somalians with food. (Voice of America)
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